Police protest in Algerian city over release of prisoners

Dozens of police officers marched in a protest in the Algerian central city of Ghardaia on Sunday evening, demanding the resignation of the country’s security chief greater authority to deal with protesters, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel.

The officers also went on strike after an Algeria court released around 40 detainees who were arrested following violent incidents earlier this week near Ghardaia.

The incident led the director general of Algerian National Security, Major General Abdul-Ghani Hamel, to personally intervene in an attempt to end the strike, the sources added.

According to the officers, not having the authority to intervene and deal with violence perpetrators has made them vulnerable to attacks in the area known for its unstable security, due to a sectarian conflict between Arabs and members of the Mizab community, Al Arabiya News Channel reported, quoting sources familiar with the matter.

Some reports that this is the first time in recent years that police officers have gone on strike in the north African country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43